- Committee for Economic Development (CED) : Federal Budget
- Choosing our Fiscal Future
- Concord Coalition
- Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget (CRFB)
- Facing Up to the Nation's Finances
- OMB Watch: Federal Budget and Tax
- Peter G Peterson Foundation (PGPF)
- The Heritage Foundation: Budget Chart Book
Friday, April 30, 2010
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Political Activity Law - Political Law - Election Law � When candidates switch parties and “the law”
Text & History � Forced Injustice in Arbitration: Heads, Corporate America Wins; Tails, Ordinary Americans Lose
'Stunning' Clause In AZ Immigration Law Lets Citizens Sue Govt For Lack Of Enforcement | TPMMuckraker
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Saturday, April 10, 2010
Bert Brandenburg, executive director of Justice at Stake, has issued the following statement on Justice John Paul Stevens’ retirement, as well as a biography of his life in the courts. A running summary of media reports, including speculation on the new Supreme Court vacancy, is in a separate Gavel Grab post below.
A new site, TransparencyData.com, is acclaimed as "a central source for all federal and state campaign contributions made in the last twenty years." The Sunlight Foundation teamed up with the National Institute on Money in State Politics and the Center for Responsive Politics, and by merging data from these groups, produced a new development in the availability of campaign finance data. The public will be able to search through and download data about political donors, lobbyists, and lawmakers that may shed light on policy discussions and legislative votes. A Sunlight Foundation blog discusses some of the various ways the new resource can be used.
In addition, the Center for Responsive Politics has created a new section on OpenSecrets.orgdedicated to tracking independent political expenditures. "In each recent election cycle, hundreds of organizations together spent hundreds of millions of dollars in independent political expenditures that fueled advertisements and other communications supporting or opposing particular political candidates. And that was before the brave new world of the 2010 election cycle." Referencing the Supreme Court Citizens United decision, they expect a vast increase in the number of independent expenditures and the amount of money spent on such messages. Start exploring data on independent expenditures here.
The Campaign Finance Institute also used data from the National Institute on Money in State Politics to create an interactive tool, "Be A Citizen Policy Analyst." By selecting various changes to states' campaign finance laws, the tool will show you how those laws would impact political giving in the state. "In state after state, the tool shows that with only a few simple changes, the power of the small donor can transform the system."
Blog post includes links to tools.
Real-time web "Campaign Finance Reform" [OneRiot.com]
With tax day fast approaching, it's worth discussing the current state of revenues in the United States. Last year, revenue collection hit a 60-year record low of 14.8 percent of GDP -- which was enough to pay for only 60% of what we spent.
Importantly, this revenue dip will be a temporary one -- caused by the precipitous drop in wages (including due to unemployment), capital gains, and corporate profits resulting from the recession, as well as a number of temporary tax cuts ("stimulus") designed to help the economy rebound.
In 2007, before the economic crisis, we were raising 18.8 percent of GDP, and by 2020, under the President's budget, we will be raising 19.6 percent.
CRFB would like to introduce our new "Featured Charts" page where we will highlight important fiscal, economic, health care, and entitlement projection data in clear, interactive, and sharable graphs. CRFB will update these charts continuously as new data becomes available.
We encourage you to share any or all of these charts on your own websites and/or blogs.These charts will automatically update on your site even after you embed them. We hope this becomes a resource for anyone searching for important fiscal data.
Tuesday, April 06, 2010
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Sunday, April 04, 2010
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